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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 27, 2011 - Access to Royalty

By William E. Richardson

“And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16, NKJV).

Something about royalty captures our attention.

It happened recently with the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton of England. Thirty years ago the magnet was the wedding of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Perhaps we’re drawn to all the pomp that accompanies the royal family’s major events. Perhaps we’re enamored by a family that upholds centuries-old traditions romanticized in multiple books and movies.

We Americans are so impressed that in the past 13 years, we’ve awarded three different actors with Oscars for portraying English royalty.

For Christians, the status of prince, princess, king and queen all stand in the shadow of the King of kings. There is a very clear distinction between them and Him.

That difference is evident on the queen of England’s Facebook page. You’re allowed to “like” her, but you aren’t allowed to “friend” her. After all, she’s England’s monarch. It’s only proper for her to maintain a certain aloofness from her subjects.

That’s not true with King Jesus. As God, He humbled himself to live and die as one of us to give us access to Him (Romans 5:1,2; Philippians 2:7). He wants very much to “friend” us. An audience with the King? Anytime! We’re granted permission to come boldly before his throne (Hebrews 4:16).

There are other noticeable contrasts.

The royal family’s bloodline has been highly respected for centuries. King Jesus, because of His blood, deserves not only our respect, but also our worship. Jesus did something no lesser sovereign could do. He gave His blood for our sins. God raised His name to a place of honor above all others (Philippians 2:9-11).

As a result, although kings and queens can pardon crimes, only Jesus can forgive sins.

Furthermore, kings and queens can get others into a lot of places, yet none but Jesus can grant us admission into heaven — based, of course, on our personal acceptance of His death for our sins.

You may never meet the queen or any member of her family. You do however have access to Jesus Christ, and through Him, the forgiveness of sins, God’s daily grace and, eventually, eternity in heaven with Him.

All hail King Jesus!

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.

 

 

 

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